A bunch of library treats for Elvis Presley week

Oh, what a sight greeted me in the break room of the Liverpool Public Library on Tuesday.

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A colleague is obviously a fan of the King.

Tuesday marked the anniversary of the celebrated rock ‘n’ roller’s passing. He left this world in an unfortunate way on Aug. 16, 1977, way too young.

People across the world did many things to mark his day, Billboard reported.

I remembered his panache, has way, his unmistakable sound. I thought to where I was when I heard Elvis had died. Yes, I was checking in for my junior year, in an administration building at the University of Maryland in College Park, a transfer student ready to make the change from a small junior SUNY school in upstate New York to one of largest and most prestigious journalism schools in America. Some staffers were buzzing with the news.

Back in the moment, I grabbed a snack.

I wandered down into the main room, into our stacks.

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Elvis lives on in hardcover at the Liverpool Public Library, when you look in the right spots. He’s a guy whose image has morphed many times over in the 39 years since his death.

If you recall, where were you when you heard Elvis died? Did you think of him Tuesday, and if so, what were your thoughts? Do you think more of the young Elvis or pudgy Elvis?

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20 thoughts on “A bunch of library treats for Elvis Presley week

  1. Very cool that the Library had a celebration for Elvis. I honestly don’t remember the passing of Elvis – I wasn’t much into music at 19: between working 40 hours a week and going full time to university, there wasn’t much time.

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  2. I respected his voice, his legacy, but was never really a fan. Older friends were devastated at his passing. I remember him best from his movies. ☺ Later, losing John Lennon had a much greater impact on me/ my generation.

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  3. I was a junior in high school and was at cheerleading practice. None of us could believe it. I still think of him as the young, handsome singer I used to love to watch in his movies.

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  4. I remember exactly where I was and how I felt when I heard the news. He’s still my all time favourite 🙂 For me, his best years were late 60s (the 69 special) to early 70s (Change of Habit).

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  5. I was tumbling in the living room when the news broke in and announced his death. How sad. Though, I sometimes wonder if he’s really dead, or if he’s on a secret mission for the government. (Yes, I’m one of those.) 🙂

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  6. I think more of the young Elvis…he was so gorgeous then! And I like to sing to my housemate, the silly mutt that song – ♪You ain’t nothing but a hound dog ♪(*⌒▽⌒*)θ~♪…..Meow!

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  7. When I got my first record player in fifth grade, an Elvis album was one of two I got for Christmas. So yeah he was always around in the house. I was 14 when I heard he died and I was heartbroken.

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